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Trauma Rehab Centers

Dealing with Trauma

Dealing with TraumaIf you are struggling with the aftermath of a traumatic experience, the most important thing for you to understand is that you don’t have to go it alone. Help is available at trauma rehab centers nationwide, where trained and empathetic counselors can help you make sense of what happened, teach you how to defend yourself against negative emotions and show you ways of coping with everyday life that aren’t destructive to yourself or others.

Sometimes people who have been traumatized can find themselves traumatizing others. Many people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder try to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Substance abuse can exacerbate the feelings of anger or worthlessness that a trauma sufferer feels, and make him or her lash out against those around them. Far too often, traumatic events such as physical or sexual abuse are passed on to others rather than dealt with.

What Are Some Causes of PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder can happen to anyone, not just soldiers who are overcome by the horrors of war. The wife of a violent alcoholic may well suffer from PTSD, and so may her children, whether or not they were the targets of abuse. Adult rape victims and children who have been molested may exhibit symptoms of PTSD for years to come. Natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis may leave entire populations traumatized. Almost any kind of sudden, severe shock, exploitation or loss could result in symptoms such as sleep disorders, anxiety, depression and a constellation of other ill results.

Learning How to Deal with Trauma

No one can go back and undo a traumatic experience or prevent it from happening. You can, however, learn coping mechanisms to help you fight the symptoms of PTSD — and in situations such as physical or sexual abuse, learn how to prevent it from happening again.

There are two major approaches to treating traumatized patients. Talk therapy, whether individual or in a group setting, is often extremely helpful. Medications such as sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) are often prescribed to help lift depression and reduce anxiety. If your symptoms don’t prevent you from functioning reasonably well in your daily life, you may be able to deal with your trauma on an outpatient basis. If, however, you are not safe from further trauma in your home environment, if you are having difficulty performing needed functions in your daily life, or if you have been self-medicating with drugs or alcohol, it is probably wise to consider residential treatment. In a trauma treatment center, you can focus all your energy on your recovery, and will have round-the-clock access to trained professionals who know how to help.